Accession Number : ADA543517
Title : F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program: Background and Issues for Congress
Descriptive Note : Congressional research rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : Gertler, Jeremiah
Report Date : 26 Apr 2011
Pagination or Media Count : 60
Abstract : The largest procurement program in the Department of Defense (DOD), the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), also called the Lightning II, is a new aircraft being procured in different versions for the United States Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy. Current DOD plans call for acquiring a total of 2,456 JSFs. Hundreds of additional F-35s are expected to be purchased by several U.S. allies, eight of which are cost-sharing partners in the program. The F-35 promises significant advances in military capability. Like many high-technology programs before it, reaching that capability has put the program above its original budget and behind the planned schedule. The administration's proposed FY2011 defense budget requested about $6.8 billion in procurement funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. This would fund the procurement of 22 F-35As for the Air Force (with an additional aircraft requested to be funded from the Overseas Contingency Operations account), 13 F-35Bs for the Marine Corps, and seven F-35Cs for the Navy. The administration?s proposed FY2011 defense budget also proposed terminating the F-35 alternate engine program, which is intended to develop the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 engine as an alternative to the Pratt and Whitney F135 engine that currently powers the F-35. The F-35 alternate engine program emerged as a major item of debate on the FY2011 defense budget. FY2011 defense authorization act: The report on the House-passed version of the FY2011 defense authorization bill included language limiting procurement to 30 F-35s pending certification that the F-35 had achieved certain testing parameters. The Senate Armed Services Committee-reported version of the bill required similar, but different achievements, but did not withhold funding.
Descriptors : *MILITARY BUDGETS , *PROCUREMENT , *COSTS , *FIGHTER AIRCRAFT , OVERSEAS , MILITARY CAPABILITIES , MARINE CORPS AVIATION , NAVAL AVIATION , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , CONGRESS , AIR FORCE , UNITED STATES
Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft
Economics and Cost Analysis
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE